Please provide some overall impressions below focusing on the major factors.
What forces allowed the relatively small network European nation states to conquer, occupy, or dominate virtually the entire world by 1914?
The text provides an overview that focuses on the overall evolution of imperialism after 1870. Below we shall focus more on the particular empires created by European nation states. Ponder why Germany, which came much later to hunt for overseas empire and had much less territory than Britain or France, was nevertheless able to become the leading industrial power in Europe by 1914. (As far as this latter question, please continue to discuss German’s development in the forum above on the 19th-century European nation state’s development.
Belgium gained such a massive colony in the middle of what Europeans then called the “dark continent,” and Germany had so few colonies relative to its growing military and economic power. Why?